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|78 T7||Twin Peaks (1990) - Jun 21, 2017
"Perfect example of what can be achieved with a limited score. As most viewers would agree, there are glimmers of brilliance within the 2 series. As most viewers would also agree, the show grinds to a halt after ep 9 of season 2, seemingly losing it's mind (with the Ben Horne/Civil war subplot), only to regain momentum leading into that finale. Most impressive are the well crafted chars, you can appreciate this even after the pilot. Soap opera imbued with psych-horror, bizarre comedy & char depth"
|64 T4||Raw (2017) - Jun 12, 2017
"Red is the coldest colour. Takes it's time to get into the meaty end of the plot, but 'Raw' starts spinning faster and faster once we get that first taste of whats to come. Lots of skin to drive home the core theme, decent score, falls short of an arthouse classic like 'Dogtooth', as it lacked poise & composition, preferring a more frenzied approach, which thematically makes sense, but leaves the viewing experience somewhat scattered. "
|41 T2||T2 Trainspotting (2017) - Jun 05, 2017
"35% nostalgia, 25% new plot, 15% cast reunion, 10% fan-service, 5% footage from the original, 4% forced dialogue, 3% pegging, 2% unsubtitled english & 1% heroin abuse."
|70 T5||The Prisoner (1967) - May 19, 2017
"This screams 60's, it seems like a direct art direction influence for Austin Powers and other 60s' nostalgia derivatives. The concept itself is great, a half entrapped island of people who sporadically act in unison to gather a single piece of information, a completely inefficient way of uncovering what they are looking for, but hey. Finally, the 'enhanced interrogation techniques' on show could also be a major influence for Dick Cheney's playbook. Crying out for a modern reboot. Be seeing you."
|76 T6||Billions (2016) - May 19, 2017
"Well researched & executed. Giamatti leans on his 'John Adams' portrayal a touch to manifest Rhoades & it's good to see Lewis back in a lead role. I hope the writing stands up against the test of time and doesn't fall off for longevity's sake. What I would like to see is the two circle each other all the way down the drain in some kind of dual 'scorched earth' play. To note: Costabile is having some good fun with his role, and why not."
|68 T5||Get Me Roger Stone (2017) - May 19, 2017
"Solid insight into Stone & the people involved with him throughout his career as a political operative, who then are neatly tied into the Trump campaign. Trump himself is hinted at during the earlier depiction of Stone's career, then slowly erodes into the screen time, arguably receiving more than Stone in his own doco. Impressively the (left wing/communist) filmmakers didn't drag us through an irrelevant childhood sequence, as they knew what we are after is the Stone dirty trickster content."
|59 T3||The Age of Shadows (2016) - May 09, 2017
"Takes its time in setting up the plot and half establishing the characters. With that sort of complete, tAoS moves on to the meatier end of the film, which begins close to the hour mark and comes with smoother pacing/ heightened immersion - the train sequence being the highlight by far. Compare this to the depiction of the revolutionaries in 'The Baader Meinhof Complex' and you can see a kind of vulgar (or simple) grandioseness in tAoS."
|53 T3||Split (2017) - Apr 23, 2017
"Here we have a claustrophobic, small setting film, akin to '10 Cloverfield Lane', 'Room', 'Hidden' or a plethora of others. However, the films I've named conjure a far more believable exposition for the theme's touched on in 'Split'. Those being; female abduction in 'Room', captor psychosis in '10 Cloverfield Lane' and the supernatural element in 'Hidden', which coincidentally, has a decent twist to finish up with. Something I was expecting here given MNS's reputation, but did not transpire."
|63 T4||Once Upon a Time in America (1984) - Apr 18, 2017
"Huge film, I did actually think it might jump-cut from one scene to the next where a phone never stops ringing the whole time. Well, the last Leone film. I've just watched each of his career's work, with length seeming to be the single thing they have in common and OUaTiA is no different, in fact it's above and beyond any previous offering by far. What it makes up for in sheer screen time, it lacks in the grandeur it was chasing. Plain, is what I would call the plot & very literal presentation. "
|11 T1||My Name Is Nobody (1973) - Apr 16, 2017
"Again with the hats. Leone & Valerii are like the 'I didn't do it' kid, after what was achieved in the Dollars trilogy. Aside from that, we get some nothing characters crumble under the weight of a film two hours in length. "